8 Rules for Dating
Book: Dapper Carter’s 8 Rules of Dating – A Novel    Author: Alan Mitchell  Length: 260 pages  Format: Kindle  Price: $0.99

When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be some self-help type of book. We all have our issues with dating and I thought, This guy must think he has the Holy Grail for dating. I was wrong almost immediately.

This book tells the tale of Dapper Carter, you’ll read about the history of the name, a classic ne’er do well who goes through a life-altering divorce. His Devil may care attitude is shocked into the reality of having to start over, not just his relationship, but also his life. In our current economy, many find themselves moving back home for a multitude of reasons — not an option for our main character. He enlists the help of his two best friends, both of whom are doing very well for themselves. Their friendship and help carry him throughout his ordeal of finding himself. A series of hilarious dates prompt Dapper to reassess his life. His self-image undergoes major reconstruction. He finds himself by himself, and it’s therapeutic.

It’s a good read with a decent plot. As a native New Yorker and New Jersey resident, I found a lot of familiar imagery in the setting of the book. I felt like I was walking down familiar streets and was able to visualize everything as it happened. I could see where it took place.

Dapper’s 8 rules are pretty smart. Some of them you’ll recognize, a few will open your eyes. I recommend this book as a fun read, worthy of your time.

I give this book the rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewer: Kevin E. Serious-Reviewer @ I Pen Books

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When I read "Dapper Carter's 8 Rules of Dating", I enjoyed it to the fullest. Well-written and timely, I thought that was the last I would read about him. Nope. Lo and behold, "Dapper Carter's 5 Fatale Flaws" hit my email. I really couldn't stop reading this follow-up. Let me preface it this way: I'm the same age as Dapper, and the same astrological sign. Our lives are similar in some respects. However, what really caught me in this book was the characterization. We, the readers, learn more about Dapper in this sequel. More about his insecurities, his interactions with people, his life plans, etc. Still slick with his mouth, in many ways, Dapper leaves us with some gems.

In this book, we find Dapper post-marriage and on the brink of a milestone birthday. He has to do some vital introspection and decide what to do with the information. He enlists help with this task. A professional helps him dig deeper into his psyche, yet his life choices are the true harbingers of his personal truth.

I found the language of this book to be perfect. Not so "urban" that it would turn a reader off and not so high-brow that is was trying too hard. It found a middle ground that felt authentic. Friends of mine speak like this, as do yours. All the characters are described well and are believable. None seem to be out of their elements. You can envision these people in your everyday life. They're all relatable. Dapper's best friends are still around and have gone through some changes of their own.

Alan Mitchell has done it again. A very comical and witty book. Minus a few editorial issues, I give this book a 4 out of 5. The excerpt of the next book is in the back and I can't wait to read that.

Reviewer: Kevin Sellers

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